Evaluation of candidates to the PSC at the public hearings stage: Seven candidates were interviewed

From 21 to 28 April 2023, the Pre-Vetting Commission interviewed seven prosecutors in the first round of hearings of candidates for membership in the Superior Council of Prosecutors (PSC). The public hearings took place in the context of financial and ethical integrity evaluation of the candidates for the position of member in the self-administration body of prosecutors.

During the hearings, candidate prosecutors Vitalie CODREANU and Cristina GLADCOV from the Anticorruption Prosecution Office, Aliona NESTEROV, Gheorghe BORȘ and Iuri LEALIN from the General Prosecutor’s Office, Mariana CHERPEC from the Prosecutors’ Office of Chișinău municipality, and Dumitru OBADĂ, Government Agent of the Republic of Moldova at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), answered the questions of the members of the Commission in order to clarify some aspects relevant to the evaluation process.

Candidate Anatolie GÎRBU requested to be evaluated solely on the basis of the material gathered by the Commission, deciding not to attend the public hearing. The Pre-Vetting Commission will announce the results of the evaluation process for the eight candidates in the forthcoming period.

In accordance with the Law No. 26/2022 on some measures related to the selection of candidates for membership in the self-administrative bodies of judges and prosecutors and the Commission’s Evaluation Rules, the video recordings of the hearings were published on the website of the Pre-Vetting Commission www.vetting.md  and the YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/@comisia.prevetting.

The second round of hearings, where five more candidate prosecutors and a civil society representative nominated by the Academy of Sciences for a position on the PSC member are expected to take place at the end of May.

It should be recalled that 18 candidates applied for the competition to the PSC, including 17 prosecutors from the General Prosecutor’s Office, territorial and specialized prosecutors’ offices and one civil society representative. Out of these, four prosecutors failed the evaluation on the grounds that they withdrew from the competition or did not submit the mandatory documents required by law within the prescribed time limits.